Michael Rooks, the Academy’s former curator of European and American art, is now the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, and he’s headed to Venice this summer. He is one of two curators of the High Museum’s “Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice,” which was selected by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to be the U.S. representative to the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, which will take place August 29 to November 21. Co-curator is Jonathan D. Solomon, architect and founding editor of the architectural publication series 306090 Books.
“Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice” features a series of projects that demonstrate in different ways the evolving role of designers and their relationship to other specialized professionals and clients in realizing architectural ideas. The exhibition focuses on collaborative projects, rather than individual architectural practices. The exhibition will highlight such projects as Peachtree Center by Atlanta-based architect John Portman; On the Water, Rising Tides and Palisades Bay by New York–based architect Guy Nordenson; New York City (Steady) State by the New York–based firm Michael Sorkin Studio; and Flip Strip by the Los Angeles–based think tank cityLAB.